Untangling the USA – The Cost of Complexity and What Can Be Done About It

Untangling the USA
408 Pages
ISBN 978-0815363354

What could Tom Brady, Donald Trump, and Michael Lewis possibly have in common? Complexity. Lewis has analyzed it; Trump has discovered it; Brady has benefited from it. And the U.S. is entangled in it. The outcome is high costs, poor results and erosion of public trust. Wholesale changes must be contemplated in a number of critical sectors, such as health care, energy, finance, and government.

The author takes a common, broad-based, and analytical approach to some of the most complicated issues facing the US today. He examines the costs of complexity through a wide-angle lens, provides analysis of the root causes involved, and explains what is necessary to improve results and lower costs. The ever-increasing level of complexity in the US is compared to that in other developed economies, and also to the country's own history. These contrasting paths are used to propose alternative approaches and new solutions. Beyond analyzing how incredibly complex socio-economic systems have emerged in recent years in the US, the author steps back, reflects on the fundamental values of this country, and offers a number of actionable proposals to improve the lives of all American citizens.

Etienne Deffarges

About Etienne Deffarges (San Francisco, California Author)

Etienne Deffarges

Etienne Deffarges has enjoyed a successful career, first as a senior strategy consultant to many leading global companies, then as a heath care technology entrepreneur in the US. He is perfectly positioned to observe how complex systems are stifling socio-economic progress. He brings a unique insider view of the issues involved, and examines a number of key sectors that impact the American society at large, including healthcare, energy, finance, regulations, taxation, utilities, and welfare.